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Arnold M.D., John W.  
Memorial Service for Dr. John Arnold at Chuckanut Fire Hall Saturday June 25 at 5:00 pm.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on June 24, 2016
Ashe, Karen Lee  
Karen Lee Ashe age 73, of Bellingham, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016 A graveside service will be held at Bayview Cemetery, 1420 Woburn Street, Bellingham, WA 98229, on Friday, June 24th at 11:00 followed by a celebration of life open house at The Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225, from 1:00pm-5:00pm. Please share your thoughts and memories online at, www.sigsfuneralservices.com
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Published in Bellingham Herald on June 19, 2016
Blanchette, Estelle  
Estelle Blanchette was born on August 22, 1926 in Toronto, Ontario. She found music...and opera in particular...at the young age of 5. She sang, sang, sang, and sang throughout her life as a mezzo-soprano in lead roles in Los Angeles, New York, Israel, and several European countries. Her dedication to her craft led her to many wonderful and sometimes not-so-wonderful adventures. Her favorite role was Carmen in the opera "Carmen"...and she was truly a diva in personality and quirkiness. Though a diva in spirit, she also lived a life of voluntary simplicity and a belief in the innate goodness of all. She is survived by her son Michael Berres, daughter-in-law Ann Stevenson, grandchildren Mollie, Alex, and Ben, and her sister Maxine. She was predeceased by her parents Leon and Bertha, her brother Ron, and sister Ruth. She passed on June 12, 2016 amongst the wonderful caregivers at St. Francis. A small storytelling evening will be held in the near-future to commemorate this truly unique, talented, and sweet-spirited person.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on June 19, 2016
Burnett, Terry  
Terry L. Burnett 12/03/1950 - 5/10/2016 Parents Ben & Virginia Burnett. Siblings Earl & Debra Burnett; Lavinia Chitwood, both of Asheville, NC; Mary Record; Karen & Robert Rinehart, both of Bellingham, WA. Nieces & Nephews Tammy, Don, Sabrina, Kathy, Mike, David, & Donald. Terry was loved by many friends. We'll miss you & that funny way you make us laugh & the stories you shared with all of us.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on June 19, 2016
Butler, Maverette Marie  
Maverette Marie Butler was born in Brownsdale, Minnesota on July 14m 1923 and passed away in Bellingham on June 16, 2016. She had lived in Bellingham since 1986. She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Vera Barrick, a brother and a sister. Maverette graduated from Austin High School in Austin, MN in 1941 and moved to California in 1942. She worked for the California Electric Power Co. in Riverside and San Bernadino, when it was merged with Southern California Edison Co., Los Angeles, CA. She retired in 1984 as an executive secretary with 30 years of service. Mavarette was a member of St. James Presbyterian Church, P.E.O., Chapter AP, and for many years the Frances Larrabee Garden Club. Maverette is survived by her beloved husband, William Butler, of 54 years, daughter, Jean Jones of Bellingham, granddaughter Erika Latt, great-granddaughter, Marlowe, of NY City, one niece, one nephew, sister-in-law, and grand-nieces and nephews of Bend, OR. A private graveside service will be held at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale. Please share memories at www.molesfarewelltributes.com
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Published in Bellingham Herald on June 19, 2016
Eaton, Helen Norene  
Helen Eaton passed away on Wednesday from Scleroderma complications. She was born Helen Early in San Francisco, CA to Lila Fritz and graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1979. While working in Custer, WA, Helen met her future husband and love of her life, Michael Eaton, with whom she shared 26 years of adventure. They partnered in running several businesses, she was an excellent bookkeeper. Her recent passion was traveling the country to watch Championship NHRA Drag Races. Helen also loved motorcycles and could be seen cruising on the back of Mike's Harley. Every summer was filled with camping trips, gardening and bonfires. Helen had a soft spot for animals and never forgot her faithful Blue Heeler, Patty. Helen will be remembered for her love for life, sense of humor, optimism and strength. Helen is survived by her husband, Mike, her daughter, Jessica, and her granddaughter, Jorja Bell. She is also survived by her brother Jeff (Colleen) Early, sister, Michele Early, and her parents-in-law, Charles and Shirley Eaton. She will also be missed deeply by her many friends. She was preceded in death by her mother and her step-father, Jerry Fritz. At Helen's request, there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, Helen asked donations be made to the Scleroderma Foundation ( http://www.scleroderma.org/ ) to find a cure for this excruciating disease that has no effective treatment. "I fought to survive, now it's your turn, go forward at full speed!"
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Published in Bellingham Herald on June 19, 2016
Edgar, John Samuel  
John Samuel Edgar died June 1, 2016 in Bellingham after a long, and hard fought battle with Alzheimer's disease. John was born on August 6, 1931 in a small town in southern Illinois. The second son of a mine worker father and school teacher mother, John started his education early as he accompanied his mother and brother Bill to a one-room schoolhouse where he listened and learned quite early. This ability to listen, to engage with others and to learn from them were qualities that later came to define him. With money scarce during the Depression, the family of four jointly decided what could be afforded and what could be sacrificed, voting for food over new overalls. John's father became an electrician and moved his family to Vancouver, WA to work in the shipyards during WWII. In Vancouver, John was an able student and athlete. After school, he enlisted in the Army 82nd Airborne. He later attended the University of Washington where he was was editor of the UW daily. As a tribute to his skills as a newsman, he was granted a private interview with candidate John F. Kennedy in 1959. John later worked as a labor representative for the Teamster's Union in Yakima and Bellingham, and completing his career as head of the union. Active in the Democratic party, John worked relentlessly to ensure members rights, fair compensation and decent working conditions. He was always a passionate advocate for those who could not speak for themselves, and proudly served on the board of the WA State ACLU. Upon his death, friends and acquaintances all remember John's great sense of humor, his warmth and his curiosity about everything around him. John's wit was smart and incisive, but never unkind. He was charismatic, fun, and much loved by his many friends. John is survived by his wife of 40 years, Susan, with whom he shared a wonderful life filled with rewarding work, art, music, travel, history and laughter. John is also survived by his four children, Michael of Yakima; Rachael (husband Dan) and Mary of Seattle; Luke and wife Sara of Park City, Utah and grandchildren, Ivy and Reilly. John's brother and best friend Bill preceded him in death in 2014. A celebration of John's life will take place at a later date. Memorials may be sent in honor of John to Whatcom Hospice, 2800 Douglas Street, Bellingham WA. Arrangements by:
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Published in Bellingham Herald on June 19, 2016
Fife, Karen Jean  
Karen Jean Fife (Sethney) passed away June 15, 2016 after a long battle with complications due to diabetes, COPD, and CHF. She was born July 19, 1960 to Robert "Bob" Sethney and Barbara Sethney (née Chandler) of Bellingham, WA and was a life long Whatcom County resident. She graduated from Bellingham High School in 1978 and gave birth to her greatest joy, Susan Jayne Sethney in 1979. She is survived by her daughter Susan, grandson Adam J. Kerk of Tonasket, WA, her husband of 30+ years, Charles Fife of Kendall, WA, her sister Elizabeth "Liz" (Tim) Wilkie of Seward, AK, brother Robert "Jay" Sethney of Bellingham, nephews Justin (Lacie) Sethney, Adam (Jennifer, Raymond) Wilkie, Jonathan Wilkie and numerous friends and loved ones. She was proceeded in death by her father and mother; Robert and Barbara Sethney, and granddaughter Barbara Lee. There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers there is a Go Fund Me ( www.gofundme.com/karenjeanfife ) to help the family with costs.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on June 19, 2016
Huber, Greta  
Greta, who was born in Denmark, lost both of her parents in 1938 when she was sixteen years old. Her much older brother and sister, who had emigrated to the U.S., decided that they would bring her to the U.S. whether or not she wanted to come. She did not want to emigrate and was a sad and homesick girl for a long time after they landed in New Jersey. But Greta was plucky and survived and made a life for herself in America. She completed her beauticians training, found good jobs and, in 1945, married Hans Huber, the love of her life. She and Hans had 52 happy years together before his death. At the age of 85 after Hans' death, by herself she sold her house in New Jersey, her car, and most of her furnishings and moved across the country to Bellingham where she spent nine happy years at The Leopold. She made lots of friends and was always busy doing something. She was a talented knitter and eager bingo player who never turned down a chance to go out to lunch. She loved to travel and did so extensively until the last few years of her life when she had limited mobility. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Hans, sister Ingeborg Jensen Torp, brother Carl Hansen, and special niece Norma Mihalak. She is survived by two nieces: Helen Mako of Fords, NJ and Marian D'Onofrio of Bellingham and many great and great-great nieces and nephews who all loved and admired her immensely. The family wishes to thank the staff at Highland Health and Rehabilitation for their loving care of Greta during the last few months of her life. They are truly incredible people! At her request there will be no service. Her ashes will be interred privately with those of her beloved Hans. We will all miss her beautiful smile.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on June 19, 2016
Jensen, Patricia A.  
Patricia A. Jensen, age 87, passed away on June 12, 2016 at the Hospice House. She was born in Soquel, California to Ernest and Helen Domenici on December 20, 1928. She worked for many years for Bellingham Cold Storage, retiring in 1992. Patricia enjoyed family get-togethers, where everyone looked forward to her chicken cacciatore. She also enjoyed rides around Lake Samish, watching the Mariners, and gardening. What a green thumb she had! She is preceded in death by her daughter, Wendy Miller, and is survived by her daughters Marsha Valentic and Linda Lukes (Butch), six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She will be forever missed and remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother. Per Mom's request, there will be no services. Her family wants to thank all the wonderful care she received from Hospice.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on June 19, 2016
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